India, Nov. 22 -- The Trinamool Congress (TMC) government deployed huge police contingents around Rabindra Sarobar and Subhas Sarobar, the two major water bodies in Kolkata, on Friday and Saturday to stop devotees from performing Chhath puja rituals in violation of court orders.

Artificially created by the British government in the 1920s, Rabindra Sarobar was declared a national lake by the Centre in 2002. It is protected under the National Lake Conservation Plan.

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Chhath puja cannot be allowed at the Rabindra Sarobar which is considered one of the lungs of the city because of its green cover and is home to more than 200 varieties of resident and migratory birds. In a simultaneous development, a d...